Oct 05

Bag Handling Spirals: The Ryson Unit Load Spiral Conveyors are most widely used for cases and totes, but they are also well suited for bags and pails.

Bag Handling SpiralsThis week we’re highlighting a spiral that will be handling bags of Rice, ranging in weight from 25 to 100 lbs.

This 1600-500 model spiral, sold by our integrator Premier Tech, declines bags from an elevation of 16’ down to 10’ to a high level palletizer at a rate of 30 bags per minute.This spiral will be mounted on our extended leg support structure and was configured in a way not to interfere with the pallet dispensing system.

Ryson has much experience with conveying bags and sacks – everything from whey powder to kitty litter. If you would like more information about the Ryson Unit Load Spirals, visit our website, or read more application stories on our weekly blog.

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Sep 07

dynamic vertical bufferTwo Ryson Spiral Conveyors can be used together to provide a dynamic vertical buffer. 

A perfect example is this current project: Next week we’ll be shipping this combination of an up and down spiral that will serve as a dynamic vertical accumulation buffer. Our Integrator partner, Conveyor & Caster EFI, needed to create a method of dynamically storing over-wrapped absorbent products in the case of a downstream interruption in line flow. 

dynamic vertical buffer spirals

 

The two Ryson model 1500-400 spirals (15’ tall) contain over 150 feet of conveyor length creating room for about (130) packs or about seven minutes of buffer. When the case packing operation stops, packs are diverted into the up spiral, while shifting to a lower speed, thereby creating smaller gaps between the loads. When the line flow resumes, packs are metered into the line from the spirals and the buffer is emptied.

Stay tuned for the case history of an upcoming project where we are doing the same type of off-line buffering on a very tall reversible spiral in front of a robotic palletizer. If you would like more information on how Ryson Spirals can create a dynamic vertical buffer, visit www.ryson.com or read examples of past projects on our weekly blog.

 

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Aug 30

One of the many ways Ryson focuses on customer support is by offering video product testing.

Ryson offers video product testing

Ryson offers video product testing

This is a convenient way so see how your product will be handled on a spiral. If you have any concerns about stability, orientation or transferring into a spiral, you can simply send us some samples. We can then film your product on a spiral in our shop similar to your specifications. The video will then be uploaded to a secure area on our YouTube channel. This allows you to view the video and pass them on to your customers, and no one else will be able to view it.

Ryson also offers the same procedure with factory acceptance tests (FAT). We can film a spiral running so you can send it to your customer before we ship it. These videos also include callouts to key components of the spiral, to help you get acclimated before the spiral arrives.

For more information on Ryson’s vertical conveying solutions, visit www.ryson.com. You can also read more stories about our video FAT and product testing on our weekly blog.

 

 

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Aug 10

Ryson always welcomes a customer visit. It is a great way for customers to familiarize themselves with our vertical conveying equipment, how they are constructed and how to best maintain them.

Ryson offers a customer visit to our integrators and potential customers.

Ryson welcomes plant tours for our integrator partners and potential customers.

This week we hosted an inspection by an automotive parts manufacturer. The customer sent various personnel, including operations, production design and maintenance to witness their product running on one of our spiral test units.  Our review of their production line layout helped us understand their needs for our Narrow Trak spirals and the critical issues (like infeed and outfeed transitions) that we need to address going forward.

 The visitors were then given a demonstration of the preventive maintenance procedures by one of our senior technicians and a walk-through of our manufacturing facility and parts storage areas.

If you are interested in a plant tour, or testing your product on one of our spirals, give us a call. We would be happy to visit with you. Check out some more stories from customer visits to our manufacturing plant on our weekly blog. Read more about our commitment to customer service on our website.

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Aug 03

Ryson Mass Flow Spiral with special design featuresIn the next few weeks we’ll be shipping two custom Mass Flow spirals with some special design features.

These two stainless steel hybrid spirals will work as part of the bulk de-palletizing system for a major brewery.

The special design features include a top canopy cover and removable clear lexan side guard extensions to keep dirt and debris from entering the bottles during their transport to the filler.

They will raise and lower empty glass bottles at rates exceeding 1,100 per minute. The elevation change on this 1900-400 model spiral is 13 feet and is made of components designed to handle wet environments.

 Our Integrator Partner, Gebo Cermex Canada, specified Ryson to their customer based on our reputation in the mass flow spiral market, where we have many project sites in North and South America handling bottles, cans and jars in mass.

If you would like to learn more about our Mass Flow Spiral Conveyors, visit www.ryson.com. You can also read more stories about custom solutions on our weekly blog.

 

 

 

 

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Jul 27

Ryson TCO

Ryson’s spirals are designed and manufactured to provide a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) when considering all costs associated with owning and operating equipment for vertical transportation of goods; initial price, shipping, installation, operation, maintenance, consumables, and reconfiguration.

TCO - Total Cost of ownership

There is a lot more costs associated with equipment than just the purchase price. Image © PMMI, developed by the OpX Leadership Network.

 

 

Capital equipment acquisition in many ways is analogues to an iceberg.  Most of the focus is on the readily visible part, the initial purchase price, however much more lies hidden beneath the surface and requires some investigation to ascertain.  A “Total Cost of Ownership” analysis reveals many hidden costs that can occur in: Shipping, Installation and Startup, Facility Requirements, Maintenance, Consumables, Utilities, and Removal or Reconfiguration.

A good example of these concepts would be two vehicles, one with a low purchase price but that gets poor fuel mileage and requires frequent costly maintenance verses another that has a higher purchase price but that gets good mileage and requires infrequent maintenance with reasonably priced components.  Obviously the first will require less initial investment but with time it will cost more to “own” especially if used frequently and for long distances.  If you include other less tangible costs like loss of use, or substitution costs, when the resource is unavailable because of repair and incidental costs like towing when the vehicle unexpectedly breaks down, the total cost of the initially less expensive option becomes rapidly more expensive to own than the other option. 

End of life or usefulness costs also need to be considered.  The cost, or return, of disposing of or modifying the unit needs to be considered in the TCO.  For example if a truck is being used to transport materials and after three years the requirements change and the truck is no longer suitable as is, the truck must be replaced.  However, if the bed of the truck can be modified for a reasonable amount, the useful life of the truck is extended, potentially significantly reducing its total cost of ownership.

The industry group PMMI working with the OpX Leadership Network facilitated a group of Consumer Packaged Goods companies and suppliers to these companies to develop a process that outlines developing a TCO analysis.  This document is available at https://www.opxleadershipnetwork.org/ for reference.

Many of the design features of Ryson’s spirals provide the benefit of addressing TCO.

  • The small footprint reduces the space required to vertically transport product.
  • Overlapping slats provide a continuous conveying surface that provides high throughput.
  • Rolling slat support removes sliding so lubrication is not needed and power requirements are reduced.
  • The modular design allows the spiral to be reconfigured for a fraction of the price of a new spiral.
  • The bearings are sealed for life and automatic chain tensioning reduce maintenance requirements and make maintenance scheduling predictable.
  • Horizontal infeeds and outfeeds provide the gentlest possible transitions for the product being handled.
  • Many more.

It is beyond the scope of this introductory blog to cover these and other features in detail.  You can find more information in other associated Ryson blogs or by contacting Ryson at sales@ryson.com. Our Vertical Conveying Solutions Video (below) goes into some more detail on how Ryson Equipment can help with cost savings.

 

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Jul 13

Ryson offers an optional startup service. Customers and Integrators alike may opt for a Ryson Startup Service to ensure the spiral is integrated properly, and are set up to optimize the spiral operation.

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Ryson Service Tech makes final integration adjustments on a startup service.

A Ryson service tech will assist in the installation and startup of the spiral to assure the items conveyed are being handled properly. They will also inspect and consult for proper integration both mechanically and electrically. Every Ryson Service Tech is a certified PMMI trainer and will train the customers’ staff on the proper care and maintenance of the spiral.

Ryson is dedicated to providing excellent customer service and support. The Ryson Service Department is always available to assist with installation and service questions. While our products require very little maintenance, it is important that they are maintained correctly. Ryson offers factory or on site maintenance training designed to maximize the benefits of our products and to ensure a long and trouble free operating life.

Read more about our support on the Parts and Service page on www.ryson.com. You can also read some more installation stories on our weekly blog.

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Jul 06

Ryson Spirals in an Up and Over ConceptUp and Over Concept Frees Up Floorspace: This week we’re shipping two of our Narrow Trak Spirals that fill a rather frequent application for our spiral conveyors: Free up floor space by taking empty plastic bottles from a bulk de-palletizing area, up single file, to an overhead conveyor and back down to the filler.

Our Narrow Trak 1700-150’s have a 6” wide slat and they are built to allow the bottles to side transfer in and out to and from Arrowhead’s flush-mounted table top conveyor. By inclining to the overhead, the end-user frees up floor area for movement of raw materials and finished goods. The spirals are running at a speed of 130 FPM with a bottle transfer rate of 250 per minute. The spirals have an upper elevation of 9’-6” and are powder coated with a standard white color.

Our Integrator Partner on this project is Arrowhead Conveyor Corporation. If you would like more information on our new line of Narrow Trak Spiral Conveyors, visit our website, download the NT spotlight, or read more NT Spiral stories on our weekly blog.

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Jun 27

This week we are shipping a special application Mass Flow Spiral Conveyor. Custom designed center lane dividers will turn a single spiral into 4 separated lanes.

Ryson Special Application Mass Flow Spiral ConveyorThis impressive unit is one of our 1900-400 Mass Flow Spirals with a 16” wide slat conveying surface that is  divided into 4 lanes. It will convey single serving desert packs to an elevation of 14’-0” at a rate of over 300 per minute per lane.

Our Integrator Partner, BW Integrated Systems, utilized the spiral to elevate the packs and transport them overhead to a downstream spiral chiller. The spiral will run between 100 and 150 feet per minute. It is our Hybrid stainless steel model suitable for the customer’s wet environment.

Each Ryson Spiral is custom built to the customer’s requirements, and there are many additional options available. Visit www.ryson.com for more information about how spirals can be customized to your needs, or view some custom application stories on our weekly blog.

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Jun 01

All Ryson Spirals are made to order and can include many optional features. Custom side guards are one example.

Ryson custom Side GuardsFrom time to time, we get a request from our integrator partners whose customers are seeking an extra tall side guard on our spirals. However, a solid height side guard with an extended height blocks them from seeing loads transported up the various turns.

Our newly-designed modular side guard extensions allow the operators to see those loads through the lexan guards that attach easily with hardware already a part of the spirals.

The design also allows the maintenance people to easily remove the lexan guards in 1/8 turn sections to gain access to any area of the spiral.

For more information on Ryson Spiral Conveyor options, visit www.ryson.com. You can also read about some custom applications on our weekly blog.

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